Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, the Atlantic's new epic drama from Rajiv Joseph ('Guards at the Taj') traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy theories. More…
In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk.
See it if you like plays about connection, "six degrees of separation"
Don't see it if you're over the anti-communist propaganda and roll your eyes at the writer's obvious love for capitalism and America
See it if You like a unique plot. The location and time periods along with the connection to all three is unlike anything you've experienced.
Don't see it if You don't have the patience for a massive plot to completely play out. It takes a long time to see all the connections.
See it if You like Tom Stoppard-lite. If you enjoy this playwright (guards at the taj) you will find him out of his depth here. Tina Benko is great.
Don't see it if You've had enough of overly long plays trying laboriously to connect the dots across time. It strains to be profound & becomes overextended
See it if You like shows based around real life events or situations - these events actually took place, which I think is more fascinating.
Don't see it if You have a hard time following various accents and various time periods - it jumps back and forth (I thought it was clear but you may not).
See it if you are more wildly and creatively inclined. You appreciate imagination. Acting is good across the board. Writing is something to witness.
Don't see it if you like more concise and tightly constructed theater
See it if You enjoy history, Family stories, fabulous writing and want to be entertained
Don't see it if You can’t sit that’s 3 hour performance with 2 intermissions
See it if an interesting and well-acted story told in a creatively and complexly crafted play--engaging all the way through
Don't see it if you require huge emotion--this play's strengths are its intelligence, poetry, and moments of wonderful writing
See it if You like when a playwright attempts something ambitious even if not completely successful.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a long somewhat confusing merging of historical fact and fiction.
See it if You want to see a professional theatrical production about the life and times of Isaac Babel mixed in with Russian history.
Don't see it if you can't stand a confusing mix of fact and fiction
See it if You enjoy a though provoking experience. You can go with the flow and wait to see how all the strings attach. Enjoy depth.
Don't see it if You need linear play structure. Seek a light sit back and entertain me play.
See it if you're ok with a wildly inventive genre piece that ultimately sinks beneath the weight of its ludicrous coincidences.
Don't see it if you cannot suspend your disbelief. You are looking for dialogue that sounds like how humans actually communicate.
See it if totally engrossing drama about the relationships between a group of people in Soviet Russia & East Germany
Don't see it if there's no real message here, there's no real destination. it's not a traditional type of narrative play that tells a clear, specific story.
See it if you are interested in WWII history and want to see good actors in action.
Don't see it if you get bored from talks about politics, Nazis, and don't like gun shots in the theater
See it if You are a history buff, like involved stories, have enjoyed Rajiv Joseph, enjoy puzzles.
Don't see it if You don't like lengthy plays or cannot bear uncertainty.
See it if You like historical drama based on real people but related with some creative license. An ambitious production with great acting.
Don't see it if You don’t like long dramatic plays with a non-linear storyline requiring attention to detail.
See it if A very dramatic telling of a historic story; felt captivated from the first second
Don't see it if You don't like strong drama, and perhaps history. I think both leads were terrific
See it if you love beautiful, intimate scenes in a complex spider web of a story.
Don't see it if you require a straight-forward, easily digestible play.
See it if You would like a well-paced, intelligent historical drama.
Don't see it if The above sounds boring to you, or if you don't like stories that jump around chronologically.